Purse Cake

Decorating By Melissa2000 Updated 21 Aug 2009 , 4:08am by dandelion56602

Melissa2000 Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 9:33pm
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I made a purse cake for my moms bday and it looked fine when I finished it and now it looks like it is going to fall over... I put dowels in it... what did I do wrong. It is 4 layers.... it looks awful.... I took a pic when it looked ok for 1st time. I know mom will like it no matter what.. but what may have caused it...

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dandelion56602 Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 9:50pm
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Did you have a board between the 4 layers? E.g. Cake, filling, cake, board, cake, filling cake.

Melissa2000 Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 9:59pm
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just buttercream, no I didn't put boards between each layer is that want I need wrong

Melissa2000 Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 10:15pm
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my cake fell over... Please help me tell me what I did wrong.....

Spuddysmom Posted 19 Aug 2009 , 10:39pm
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You must feel awful - sorry that happened. I don't know how tall your cake was but a couple of possibilities - Did the cake get too warm? The filling may have gotten squishly/unstable, if you covered it in fondant - was it a bit heavy on the sides? How big was the cake? Did it fall just on its own or while being transported. Was it a REALLY heavy cake / dense?

Please don't feel too bad - your mom while love it. For two decades I displayed a hideous black volcano blob candy dish my son made (I treasured it!) until last Spring when he came for a visit and was shocked I still had it. "Mom, why did you keep this ugly thing?" "Because you made it for me" "I couldn't think of anything to make but the teacher wouldn't let me out of school until I finished so I rolled it into a glob and it dried that way." sigh.. Moms are suckers for their kids' creations!

Melissa2000 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 12:11am
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u know what I had fondent piece just over one side.. I bet it was to heavy and thats the side that was falling over.... I froze the cake and then put it together.. 4 layers.. Thanks everyone.

dandelion56602 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 2:44am
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My guess is it needed more support. I did a purse cake (in my pics). It was 4 layers, but you need to have a board in the middle. That's too much cake to not have support in the middle of the cake. Even if it were just buttercream it wouldn't stand, but add fondant & you add weight. Do you have time to reconstruct?

Melissa2000 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 3:09pm
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No, but think god it was just for my mom... I see what your saying.. we do put a board between after 2 lawyers.. I didn't think about it.. I didn't see her do it on the think I looked at on here... Oh well practice makes perfect I need alot of it...

Thanks for your advice

Melissa2000 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 3:14pm
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your cake looks great!!!!

dandelion56602 Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 8:19pm
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Thank you. As a general rule you'll need a board and supports underneath (dowels, straws, or something else) about every 4" of cake. So, if a cake were 8" tall you would need a board & supports under the board after the first layer (4" or 3" whichever you tend to use for the height). Hope that makes sense.

debster Posted 20 Aug 2009 , 8:23pm
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That's it every two layers needs a board for support then two more layers. Actually I glue two boards together for added strength. Look at it as a learning experience and thank God it was for dear ole Mom. I'm sure she loved it!!!!!!

dandelion56602 Posted 21 Aug 2009 , 4:08am
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Parents are great to practice on. Grandparents, even better

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